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Bod-Inc: O-077

Ovidius Naso, Publius

Metamorphoses (comm. Raphael Regius).


Analysis of Content

A1r [Title-page.]

A1v ‘Priuilegium Raphaeli Regio concessum'. Incipit: ‘Cum eruditus uir Raphael Regius magna cura et studio et alia quaedam . . .’

A1v [Bevilaqua, Simon]: Letter addressed to the reader.] Incipit: ‘Accipe, studiose lector, integras Raphaelis Regii in Ouidii Metamorphosin . . .’ Explicit: venales circumuehuntur. Vale For ascription of authorship see BSB‑Ink.

A2r Regius, Raphael: ‘Praefatio' addressed to] Franciscus Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua. Incipit: ‘[C]ogitanti mihi, lucundissime(!) princeps, cui potissimum meas in Ouidii . . .’ Explicit: laborem inueniantur . . .

A3v [Regius, Raphael: Vita Ovidii.] Incipit: ‘P. Ouidius Naso Sulmoni quae urbs est Pelignis ut ipse quoque . . .’ Explicit: aperte ostenderetur

A4r [Table of contents.]

a1r Regius, Raphael: [Commentary on Metamorphoses.] Incipit: ‘"[I]n noua fert animus”. Consueuerunt heroici poetae in principiis statim . . .’ Explicit: poetarum diuinationes

a1r Ovidius Naso, Publius: Metamorphoses. Ov. Met. For the Regius editions of the Metamorphoses see Steiner, ‘Source-Editions', 229-31.

u8r Regius, Raphael: [Letter addressed to] Antonius Buldunus, Johannes Franciscus Paschalicus, and Dominicus Bollanus. Incipit: ‘[I]mprudens simul et mei nominis neglector facile haberi possem . . .’ Explicit: Veneti ornamenta

u9v Regius, Raphael: [Letter addressed to] Paulus Cornelius. Incipit: ‘[E]x relectione mearum in Ouidii Metamorphosin enarrationum . . .’ Explicit: gentis ornamentum


Imprint: Venice: Simon Bevilaqua, 8 July 1497. Folio.


Collation: A6 a–t8 u10.

Illustrations: On A6v a schematic woodcut diagram; also woodcut capitals.


ISTC: io00193000

Hain: HC (+ Addenda) *12176;

Goff: Goff O‑193;

BMC: BMC V 522, XII 37;

Proctor: Pr 5403;

Others: BSB‑Ink O‑138; Sander 5310; Sheppard 4481-2; Steiner, ‘Source-Editions', 223 no. 6j.

LCN: 14442751, 14442847


Copy number: O-077(1)

Bound with:
2. Thomas Aquinas, Interpretatio in Metaphysicam Aristotelis. Venice: Simon Bevilaqua, for Alexander Calcedonius, 20 Dec. 1493 (T‑159).

Owing to an error of imposition, the text of e1v and e8r has changed places.

Binding: Sixteenth-century German (Tegernsee, 1501) blind-tooled half pigskin over wooden boards, with yellow-edged leaves; one clasp and catch lost. On both covers intersecting double fillets form a rectangle, which is divided by further double fillets into three compartments. On the upper cover the upper and lower compartments are each decorated with a single flower-petal stamp; on the lower cover the upper and lower compartments are each decorated with a (very worn) single circular rosette stamp; on both covers the central compartment is decorated with the flower-petal stamp, a second flower-petal stamp, and a small foliate stamp. A sixteenth-century manuscript title and printed shelfmark (`L.64.1') is affixed to the upper cover; there are paper manuscript labels on the spine, at the head (authors and titles of both items), and at the foot (details of imprints of both items); two paper labels bearing shelfmarks are in the middle of the spine, a printed one covered with another bearing the number ‘472' in black ink. A parchment index tab on a1 of item 2.

Size: 327 × 221 × 63 mm.

Size of leaf: 315 × 214 mm.

The names of the authors and the titles of their works have been written on the title-page in the same hand as the ownership inscription for Tegernsee; a similar inscription dated 1500 appears on the title-page of item 2.

On o4r and on q4v two six-line initial ‘C's, and on s1r a six-line initial ‘I', are all supplied in red, in place of woodcut initials.

Provenance: Heinrich Küntzner (†1544), Abbot of Tegernsee. Tegernsee, Bavaria, Benedictines, S. Quirinus; inscription on the front pastedown: ‘Iste liber attinet venerabili monasterio S. Quirini in Tegernsee anno 1501 sub Hainrico [Kuntzner] abbate inligatur'. Another inscription in the same hand on a1r of item 2: ‘Anno domini 1500 emptus est liber presens per dominum Hainricum abbatem, et sunt 26 trierni uel dierni. | Attinet monasterio S. Quirini in Tegernsee'. Duplicate from the Royal Library, Munich; inscription on the front pastedown: ‘Duplum Bibliothecæ regiæ Monac[ensis]'. Purchased from Munich via Thomas Rodd for Fl. 12, i.e. £1. 4. 0; see Books Purchased (1837), 28.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 3.3(1).

Copy number: O-077(2)

Sheet e1.8 is differently set up and the text printed in the right order.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half calf with cloth over paper boards. Upper cover loose.

Size: 320 × 222 × 23 mm.

Size of leaf: 311 × 202 mm. Size of leaf: 311 × 202 mm.

Early marginal and interlinear annotations, mainly explanations of words in the text. Freiberger (see below) has written the printer's name, translated into German on u10r.

Provenance: Marcus Freiberger, OP (sixteenth century). Augsburg, Bavaria, Dominicans, S. Magdalena; inscription on A1r: ‘E libris fratris Marci Freiberger ordinis fratrum predicatorum conuentus Augusten[sis] ob temporis deductum procuratoris'. Purchased for £1. 0. 0: see Books Purchased (1840), 23.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 4.5.

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